The Faith Care Center nursing home in Highland, Illinois, betrayed the faith entrusted to them by the family of one of their residents when they allowed her to suffer great pain for an extended period while in their care.
It’s hard to determine exactly how long the resident was experiencing pain. Because the nursing home took so little action to monitor the resident during her stay, any determination based on statements from the nursing home are dubious information at best.
The resident’s extreme discomfort was only discovered when a nursing home inspector from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) was visiting the facility. He observed a Faith Care Center staff member remove a pillow from behind the calves of a resident. When the pillow was removed, the resident cried out in pain.
The inspector stayed while a skin check was performed, and noted that her foot was blackened with an open wound on the top. The Faith Care Center staff member told the IDPH inspector that the foot hadn’t looked that bad the day before.
30 minutes after the incident the resident was observed to still be ‘moaning and crying” with pain.
Medical records document that the resident had experienced a broken foot only a month earlier. A pain assessment is supposed to be performed on every shift after a severe injury, but no assessments were being completed. Faith Care Center has a Four Star rating by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. This is sad evidence that nursing home neglect can happen in any nursing home.
If you have a loved one who has been the victim or nursing home neglect in an Illinois nursing home, contact the Law Offices of Barry G. Doyle for a free and completely confidential evaluation of your case.